Do you have a tea story you’d love to see published? Have you ever thought about publishing your own book? 81% of Americans say they want to write a book! Isn’t that a startling statistic? Is 81% of the population actually doing it? NO!

As Ramit Sethi, the author of the New York Times bestseller, I Will Teach You To Be Rich says, “There’s a difference between loving something and loving the idea of something.”I’d say most people are in love with the idea of writing a book, and many will never tackle the project, and only toy with the fantasy.

Mr. Sethi also goes on to say, “In a New York Times article by Joseph Epstein, he wrote about how 81% of Americans say they want to write a book. 81%! (The funny thing is he then exhorts people to not write books, saying how easy it is to find ‘oneself in a state of confusion, doubt, mental imprisonment, with an accompanying intense with that one worked instead at bricklaying.’)

I found the 81% number shockingly high, so I dug around a little. I mean, 81% of people don’t write books, so why do we all say we want to do it?

In an article by Seth Godin, the bestselling author (who I worked for a few years ago). He pointed out that writing a book is slow, hard, and a horrendous return on investment. ‘The return on equity and return on time for authors and for publishers is horrendous. If you’re doing it for the money, you’re going to be disappointed. On the other hand, a book gives you leverage to spread an idea and a brand far and wide. There’s a worldview that’s quite common that says that people who write books know what they are talking about and that a book confers some sort of authority.’ ” Ramit Sethi — Blog post entitled, “Everybody wants to write a book”

Are you an authority on tea? Authority comes from the word, ‘author.’ Get it?

When I wrote my first book, Sipping Tea — Celebrating Me, I knew nothing about the book world, absolutely nothing about publishing, printing, nor promoting a book, and at that time, I didn’t even know anyone personally who had written a book, but I forged ahead and I did it!

When that still, small voice from within tells you you are going to write a book, you can laugh, you can drown it out, or you can listen. I listened, but that does not mean the idea did not terrify me, for it absolutely did. I chose to listen and I chose to figure it out as I went along.


books12 (1)This is the evolution of that one book. I self-published the first version and even when I was picked up by a publisher, the book continued to evolve as you see in the photo.

But I didn’t stop there!

If YOU are one of the 81% that say they wish to write a book — I’ve made it very simple for YOU to have a book of YOUR own — well, almost your own.

Here is another evolution of the same book. books13

Remember that I am the one who continues to say that those of us in the world of tea are not competing with each other — I believe success lies in collaboration.

Rajiv Lochan takes OUR book all over the world with him, as do I. Yes, he is a wonderful world ambassador for tea, I merely follow in his footsteps and leave my book behind, as well.

James Pham uses OUR book to promote his brand and his vision. He gives it to potential investors in his dream of opening 1,000 tea shops.

Sereni-Tea can be offered to anyone in the tea industry who wishes to tell their story — along with the original, inspirational content written by me, you can have your own version of this book to promote your brand, your business, and your message.

My publisher has agreed to these collaborations. For a small, one-time fee to insert your content – a Foreward and an Afterword (up to 50 pages) – a change in the cover design to reflect your “tagline” or “slogan” as the subtitle (along with your logo) and a minimum opening order of only 50 books (at wholesale) — you can become a published author!

Mark Victor Hansen, (Co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, a #1 New York Times Best-Selling Series, along with The Guinness Book of World Records title holder for having the most books on the New York Times bestseller list at one time) has personally endorsed Sereni-Tea;

“How sweet it is to toast a book for the spiritual seeker who is finding enlightenment through tea.  My friend, Dharlene Marie, shows you how easy it is.  Cheers to your health, wealth and well-being. Happy reading.” 

The first line of this quotation will go on YOUR book, too.

Remember when I said that at the time of writing my first book I didn’t even know anyone personally who had written a book? Things changed very quickly! I trained and traveled with Mark Victor Hansen for over two years, and the list of people he introduced me to is long and very distinguished. But the reality of the book world is that there is only one person responsible for promoting your book — YOU! MVH & Darlene Book

In a personal letter sent from our then-Governor’s wife, after receiving a copy of Sipping Tea — Celebrating Me, she sent me this;

“Congratulations on the completion of your book and CD. You must be so proud of this great accomplishment and I applaud your efforts to create a product that helps people find their inner voice.” Maria Shriver – First Lady of California

My writing journey continues as Sereni-Tea keeps evolving – would you like to join me? Please let me know if you are interested. You too, can be part of the much-smaller percentage that actually publishes a book!

There is indeed a difference between loving something and loving the idea of something — and since I loved the idea of sharing my book — I actually did it!

As the ‘authority’ of your own life, you are also the writer, director, and producer of your dreams. So what do you have to tell the world?

One book doesn’t have to be merely ONE book!

Images courtesy of Dharlene Marie Fahl.